ERC double feature at the Department of Physical Chemistry of the Fritz Haber Institute

Monday, 8th February 2016Miscellaneous

ERC_LogoTobias Kampfrath and Ralph Ernstorfer have been successful in the 2015 Call for Consolidator Grants of the European Research Council (ERC). ERC Consolidator Grants are awarded to single principle investigators based on the quality of the research proposal and the scientific track record of the applicant. These grants are designed to support researchers at the stage when they are consolidating their own independent research team or program ( Tobias Kampfrath’s and Ralph Ernstorfer’s new projects have a duration of 5 years each and are funded with 2.0 and 2.6 million Euro, respectively.

In his TERAMAG project, Tobias Kampfrath will implement spintronic operations, i.e. operations utilizing the spin of electrons, at extremely high frequencies in the elusive terahertz range. This research is not only relevant for the future processing of magnetically stored information, but will also result in novel and highly efficient emitters of terahertz electromagnetic radiation.

Ralph Ernstorfer will investigate the interaction between electrons, their spin and the vibrations of atoms in semiconductors with layered crystalline structure. The project FLATLAND aims at obtaining a microscopic understanding of relaxation and dissipation effects in two-dimensional semiconductors and stacked heterostructures comprised thereof.

Further information on the grantees’ research and the employed methodology can be found on the websites of the Terahertz Physics group ( and the Max Planck Research Group Structural & Electronic Surface Dynamics (